The Mill Valley Film Festival, California's longest-running fall festival, is known internationally as a high profile, prestigious event celebrating the best of independent international cinema. The Festival's long-term commitment to help launch independent films, both American and foreign, into the US market has made it the festival of choice for filmmakers worldwide.
All the films in this year's festival: http://bit.ly/1m6pIRR
Opening Night: The Homesman
Following the opening night screening, join us at the Town Center Corte Madera for the Opening Night Gala. Guests will enjoy delicious food from Balboa Café, Big Jim’s BBQ, Caribbean Spices, Equator Coffees, Il Fornaio, Johnny Doughnuts, Judy’s Breadsticks, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Pig in a Pickle, and Pizza Antica. Luscious libations from our friends at Lagunitas Brewing Company along with local wineries, are a perfect compliment to the scrumptious spread. Dance the night away with live music from The Brothers Comatose and The Crackerjack DJs. Thursday, October 2 at 9:00 – midnight at Town Center Corte Madera.
Tommy Lee Jones steers this unruly and fascinating anti-Western, a cross-country odyssey through the Nebraska Territory of the 1850s that brings classic scope and modern sensitivity to the complex history of frontier America. Two-time Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank stars as Mary Bee Cuddy, the prim yet forthright spinster who persuades Jones’s reprobate claim jumper to help her escort three deranged women to Iowa and the hospice of a minister’s wife. Their journey honors those destroyed by the unendurable extremes of pioneer life,and the film becomes—in a perversion John Ford would have appreciated—an Eastern, as the odd couple trudges away from the West’s broken promise. Adapted from Glendon Swarthout’s acclaimed novel and featuring colorful supporting performances from John Lithgow, Tim Blake Nelson, Meryl Streep, and James Spader, Jones’s second feature is by turns comic, ominous, and lyrical, traversing landscapes of desolate beauty, relentless danger, and lingering psychological damage at the ragged edges of civilization
Thu, Oct 2 6:45 PM & 7:00 PM
Opening Night: Men, Women & Children
Men, Women & Children follows the story of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-images, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose—some tragic, some hopeful—and it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers.
Thu, Oct 2 7:00 PM
Opening Night: Laggies
FOCUS: HUMOR—IN THE JOCULAR VEIN When it comes to coming-of-age stories, Megan (Keira Knightley) is a seriously late bloomer. A poster child for late-20s aimlessness, she nevertheless unwittingly embarks on a spiritual journey, jump-started by an unwelcome marriage proposal and a run-in with carefree teenager Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz). And so begins Lynn Shelton’s very funny and perceptive exploration of what’s often lacking when you’re busy slacking. As Megan takes a weeklong respite from her life-too-ordinary with Annika and her goofy father (the always excellent Sam Rockwell), she faces tough questions amidst some playful escapism in this warm and winning character study. Leading a terrific cast, Knightley shines, proving her comedic instincts aren’t limited to period pictures, while Shelton shows great directorial confidence as she paints a skillful, hilarious contemporary portrait of how the road to self-discovery can often be the strange, scenic route.
Thu, Oct 2 7:30 PM
Fri, Oct 3 3:00 PM
Opening Night Party
Thu, Oct 2 9:00 PM
Fri, Oct 3 6:30 PM
Mon, Oct 6 4:00 PM
Spoltlight: Low Down
On Saturday, October 4, join us for a Spotlight program featuring a conversation with Elle Fanning and a screening of Low Down. Fanning will be presented with the MVFF Award. After the program, join us for a party at Il Fornaio Corte Madera which offers elegant dining and authentic, award-winning Italian cuisine.
Sat, Oct 4 7:00 PM
Thu, Oct 9 2:15 PM
Robin Williams: A Celebration
Join us for an informal celebration of the life of one of the most beloved and brilliant members of our community: Robin Williams.
Sun, Oct 5 1:00 PM
For Those About to Rock: The Story of Rodrigo y Gabriela
Sun, Oct 5 8:00 PM
Tue, Oct 7 2:15 PM
Soul of a Banquet
After the program and screening on Sunday October 5, join us at the breathtaking Cavallo Point for a reception. The Mill Valley Film Festival is proud to honor the contributions of renowned filmmaker Wayne Wang and the subject of his new film, legendary culinary artist Cecilia Chiang, with this special screening of Soul of a Banquet.
Sun, Oct 5 5:00 PM
Tue, Oct 7 2:15 PM
Special Screening: Like Sunday, Like Rain
Join us on Monday, October 6 for an onstage conversation with special guests: director Frank Whaley, Leighton Meester, and Billie Joe Armstrong. After the screening and program, join us at Tiburon Tavern for exquisite cocktails and elegant comfort food paired with Northern California’s freshest coastal influences.
Mon, Oct 6 7:00 PM
Wed, Oct 8 4:15 PM
Thu, Oct 9 3:45 PM
Spotlight: The Theory of Everything
Thu, Oct 9 7:00 PM
In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten)
Fri, Oct 10 5:45 PM
Sun, Oct 12 2:00 PM
Closing Night: Wild
A grieving woman alone in the wilderness with ill-fitting boots and one enormous backpack: not an ideal way to begin a solo 1,100-mile journey. But that’s just how Cheryl Strayed set off to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and how her harrowing, triumphant story begins on screen. Reese Witherspoon portrays Strayed, who, after the death of her mother (a radiant Laura Dern), spent years struggling with depression and self-destructive behavior. Walking alone allows her no distractions, no way to avoid her memories; she walks not to escape her past but to accept it, and to heal herself through extreme exertion, solitude, and self-reliance. Witherspoon optioned the film rights to Strayed’s best-selling memoir before the book was published, and her dedication shows in her remarkable performance, captured in Jean-Marc Vallée’s (Dallas Buyers Club, MVFF 2013) insightful direction.
Sun, Oct 12 5:00 PM & 5:15 PM
Closing Night Party
Sun, Oct 12 7:00 PM